Going to college means you’re on your own for meals. Rather than depending on dining halls and fast food, try these easy-to-make recipes. Not only are they budget-friendly, but these recipes include tips and techniques that are the foundations of any good cook worth their grilled cheese or chocolate cake, like roasting a chicken and making soup. College is a time for learning—both in the classroom and kitchen.
The Ultimate Grilled CheeseSometimes there’s nothing better (or easier) than a grilled cheese. All you need is bread, cheese, and mayonnaise. Enjoy with a cup of tomato soup for a comforting meal.
Quickest Chicken Noodle SoupAs a college student, you’re bound to have a package of Ramen noodles, so put them to good use in this simple soup recipe.
Chicken Salad with Orange-Pistachio VinaigretteThanks to rotisserie chicken and precooked quinoa and brown rice, this salad requires absolutely no cooking.
Rice and Bean BowlSkip the Chipotle line and prepare this quick, microwavable 5-ingredient Rice and Bean Bowl in your room.
Speedy LasagnaYou can prepare this 5-star lasagna in your microwave in just 40 minutes.
Microwave Snack MixTry this microwavable snack mix for a salty and sweet study-session treat.
Caprese Wraps with ChickenPick up a rotisserie chicken and assemble this hearty sandwich for an easy no-cook dinner.
Couscous Salad with Chicken and VegetablesFor an easy one-dish chicken dinner, try this couscous salad with rotisserie chicken
Baked OatmealThis breakfast treat is a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional cream breakfast oatmeal.
Easy Stovetop Mac and CheeseGoing a college doesn’t mean you’re too old for mac and cheese. Try this Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese recipe when you’re craving the cheesy, childhood classic.
Easy Chocolate CroissantsUse your toaster oven and just two ingredients to prepare these for a sweet breakfast treat or late-night snack.
Greek-Style Chicken SaladThis Greek-style main dish salad features parsley salad topped with homemade chicken salad and pita chips. Make extra chicken salad to snack on throughout the week.
Sesame Pork RiceThis speedy fried rice will come together faster than you can find the take-out menu.
Turkey and Swiss Wrap with Carrot SaladPrepare this wrap with a carrot salad for lunch or a light dinner.
4-Ingredient SouffléThe secret to making this personal-sized soufflé is canned crescent dough.
Quick Chive Mashed PotatoesFrozen mashed potatoes are a near-instant option, with a better flavor and texture than boxed potato flakes
Refried Bean TostadasUse a muffin tin and just 7 ingredients to prepare these personal-sized tostadas.
Hummus-Stuffed PitasYou can make this no-cook, Mediterranean-inspired pita sandwich in just 15 minutes.
Sautéed Chickpeas with Broccoli and ParmesanGrab a can of chickpeas, and stir up this easy one-dish dinner.
Soft Chicken TacosLoad tortillas with chicken, cilantro, and salsa and then microwave for 30 seconds to prepare these easy Chicken tacos.
Chicken, Broccoli, and Brown Rice CasseroleEnjoy this classic, comforting casserole when you’re feeling homesick.
Simple GuacamoleTwo perfectly ripe avocados and a small handful of simple seasonings are all it takes to make the best guacamole you've ever tasted. Enjoy with tortilla chips for a tasty snack.
Creamy Scrambled EggsWhip up this 4-ingredient breakfast staple and side with fruit and turkey bacon for a healthy start to the day.
Easy QuesadillasQuesadillas don't get any easier than this. Top two flour tortillas with canned refried beans, shredded Mexican cheese, taco sauce, and two more flour tortillas. Microwave and cut into wedges for a snack or light supper.
Mediterranean Chickpea SaladThrow together this budget-friendly and low-cal Mediterranean Chickpea Salad for an easy and filling meal.
Lighter Sloppy JoesThis recipe for sloppy joes replaces half the meat with nutty-hearty canned chickpeas, which saves money and fat.
Summer Squash CasseroleTry this microwavable twist on Summer Squash Casserole for a delicious and easy side dish.
Easy ChiliLet the slow cooker do the work and enjoy this chili when you get home from class.
Spicy Tuna and Avocado MeltsThis take on the traditional tuna melt is easy to make for lunch or a simple dinner.
Speedy Spaghetti with Chicken and Fresh TomatoPrepare this pasta dish in just 15 minutes by combining cooked spaghetti noodles, chicken, fresh tomato, basil, and goat cheese.
Caramelized Onion-Stuffed Baked PotatoBaking the potato in the microwave makes this dish a snap to prepare.
Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast SandwichesThis breakfast sandwich will rival what you get at the drive-through.
Spicy Queso DipThis 6-ingredient queso dip is perfect for snacking on with tortilla chips while studying.
Grilled Margherita SandwichesThis quick 5-ingredient entrée transforms a the classic pizza combo into a melty grilled sandwich.
Sirloin-Snap Pea Stir-fryCombine a steak and snap pea stir-fry with ramen noodles for a 15-minute meal.
Walking TacoMake the Walking Taco your trusty sidekick when you’re looking for a tasty meal on the go.
Tomato-Basil SoupYou can enjoy this simple soup with your favorite grilled cheese in just 20 minutes.
Smashed Avocado on ToastTry Smashed Avocado on Toast for a healthy breakfast or snack. All you need is avocado, break, and salt and pepper.
Bow Tie Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, and BasilPrepare this Mediterranean-inspired pasta dish and enjoy it throughout the week.
Microwave BrowniesBake a batch of brownies in your dorm with this quick and easy recipe for Microwave Brownies.
Breakfast ClubThis no-cook breakfast sandwich requires just 5 ingredients making it easy to throw together before class.
Grilled Chicken QuesadillasPickled jalapeños kick the flavor up a notch in these 6-ingredient, easy chicken and cheese quesadillas, but if you don't care for the heat, just leave them out.
Herbed Stuffed Chicken BreastsStuff lean chicken breasts with an herb-and-goat cheese filling for an easy but elegant 4-ingredient chicken dinner.
Chicken Sandwiches with Melted CheeseDress up a plain chicken sandwich by adding tangy blue cheese and tart apple slices. You'll just need rotisserie chicken plus 4 more ingredients!
Cinnamon-Apple PaniniWith a touch of sweet spice, cream cheese richness, and tart apple crunch, these 8-ingredient melty-sweet sandwich triangles are sure to earn grade-A ratings. Enjoy as a quick-fix snack or dessert!
Chicken and DumplingsMake chicken and dumplings the easy way with this recipe calling for 6 time-saving ingredients; you'll save on time but still experience the full flavor.
Microwave Sweet Potato ChipsTo make these tasty chips, you'll need just 5 ingredients and a mandoline to slice the potato thin enough to crisp.
Loaded Baked Potato DipThis 6-ingredient dip is made in the microwave and becomes a party-pleasing appetizer when served with waffle fries.
Hazelnut-Sugar Cookie S'moresIn this takeoff the campfire classic, sugar cookies replace the graham crackers and a microwave replaces the campfire.
Baked Mozzarella SticksMake homemade mozzarella sticks with this easy, 4-ingredient recipe.
Roast Chicken with VegetablesRoast a chicken on Sunday and use it throughout the week. Add to wraps, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and grain salads for an easy (and homemade) protein fix.
Sesame, Almond, and Cherry GranolaOne you make your own granola, you won't go back to the store-bought stuff. It's cheaper, more delicious, super easy, and customizable.
Perfect Roasted Sweet PotatoesThere's nothing like a warm, roasted potato for dinner. Especially one that involves little more than putting it in the oven and waiting (which is, most definitely, the hardest part).
Fish Tacos with Tomatillo SauceThe tacos are easy. The tomatillo salsa is easy (and way better than anything you can buy). And it's ready in under 30 minutes.
Quick Chicken PiccataThis is the kind of recipe that's so simple, yet looks impressive enough for company. Serve it with angel hair pasta and dinner is done.
Chocolate-Mayonnaise CakeEveryone needs a straightforward chocolate cake recipe. Here, mayonnaise keeps the cake extra moist and mellows out the sweetness a little.